MORGANTOWN - It was almost a year ago exactly that West Virginia agreed to leave the Big East and join the Big 12.
There were official announcements and celebrations galore.
There was a collective sigh of relief from those convinced that the Big East would have been the anchor that would forever tie West Virginia's athletic programs to mediocrity.
It was, in short - and contrary to what you might be feeling today after a couple of blistering, embarrassing losses by the school's football team - a joyous occasion.
And yet somewhere in Morgantown on that day there was Juwan Staten, perhaps shaking his head and going, "Say what?''
After all, he was in Morgantown, at West Virginia, at least in part because he wanted to play basketball in the Big East. He thought he could play in the Big East.
And now this.
"Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise,'' Staten said.
In truth, the reasons Staten came to West Virginia just over a year ago are a bit more complex than simply wanting a higher level of competition.
He'd played as a freshman at Dayton, where the basketball was just fine, thanks. After all, wasn't it just three years earlier, in March of 2009, that the Flyers put it to West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Minneapolis?
But Staten just wasn't fulfilled there. He doesn't like to spend a lot of time talking about what specifically it was that drove him to transfer from Dayton, where in his one season he started 34 games and led the Atlantic 10 in assists, but it just wasn't going to work out.
"I'm not going to go into everything that happened at Dayton,'' said Staten, who grew up there. "But at the end of the day, that was something I didn't want to be a part of. I just wanted to look for some other things in a school. And when I was looking for those things, I found them here at West Virginia.''
And it's easy for Staten to list those things, one of which was playing for Bob Huggins.